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Alaphilippe far from being in optimal form for the World Championships

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Martin Lange, edited by Juliette Moreau Alvarez
07:22, September 24, 2022modified to

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08:06, September 24, 2022

Sunday begins the World Cycling Championships, with a long-awaited Julian Alaphilippe who will set off to try to win a third consecutive title in this competition. However, the Frenchman is far from being in top form with a rather mixed 2022 season.

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The road race for the World Cycling Championships kicks off next night in Wollongong, Australia. Julian Alaphilippe, double title holder, will set off to try the pass of three. The course, with in particular this bump 8 kilometers from the finish, suits him perfectly. However, the Frenchman does not arrive in optimal form.

A mixed season for Alaphilippe

Julian Alaphilippe’s 2022 season will not go down in history. Only two small victories, a Covid infection and above all a string of falls. The last one is still recent and dates from the Vuelta three weeks ago. The French team was scared, but the double world champion will defend his rainbow jersey well, despite this disturbed preparation.

An Alaphilippe more collective than ever because the French team arrives in Australia armed: Christophe Laporte, stage winner on the Tour, Romain Bardet but also Benoit Cosnefroy or Valentin Madouas. So many runners who could play their card in Wollongong. Moreover, coach Thomas Voeckler did not want to say more about his strategy, but he will need imagination in the face of a high plateau with in particular Wout Van Aert or the double winner of the Tour Tadej Pogacar.

Source: Europe1

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